Word on the street

Stephen Self’s Rhino Smokehouse is now open in the Armuchee Village shopping center, 3349 Martha Berry Highway.

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The annual Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home Low Country Boil has been set for Aug. 4. The event is the largest fund raiser of the year for the museum, which is operated by the Junior Service League of Rome.

 Senior Rome-Floyd County Planning Officer Bryan King has been named business development liaison in response to months of talks about how to make it easier for new companies to start a business in Rome.

Amanda DeWitt and Casey Gray are planning an open house Monday night for Ideal Meals, 874 Spider Webb Drive in North Rome.

Ceremonies have been set for June 21 to dedicate a new building at the Georgia Fire Academy in honor of the late George Lanier. The building is on the grounds of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

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Kelly Services, 3 E. Sixth Ave. in Rome, will be hosting a manufacturing job fair at the placement agency offices Thursday, May 4. The company is recruiting more than 25 positions for a Suhner manufacturing company, 43 Anderson Road.

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Berry College officials have dedicated a new 4,600-square-foot Berry College Animal Science Laboratory near the Rollins Ruminant Research Center north of the Ford complex on campus.   

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Harbin Clinic doctors are stepping out to encourage Romans to get active this spring by taking part in the national Walk with a Doc program. The concept is simple, aimed at getting people on their feet, out in the community and healthier.

Georgia Highlands College plans to host a series of federal financial aid workshops on the first Friday of each month beginning this Friday, April 7, and continuing through the first Friday in December. The workshops are free and open to the public, and will be held on all GHC campuses. Atte…

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Agriculture has long been a backbone of the American economy.  This week, Keith Mickler, the University of Georgia Extension Service Director in Floyd County is encouraging Rome and Floyd County residents to celebrate Agriculture Awareness Week as they enjoy their meals or ride by farms up a…

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For Romans who love their flowers and veggies, and love to play in the dirt, it’s almost time for the annual Chieftains Museum Herb and Plant Sale – April 8-9 – at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds.

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One of Georgia’s giants in the field of archaeology, Pat Garrow, now a resident of Tennessee, will address the Northwest Georgia Archeological Society Thursday, March 9 at the Etowah Indian Mounds in Cartersville.

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The old Ed Wallace service station (now Cotton Patch Antiques), the Vicki’s Beauty Shop building and an adjoining laundromat building in Cave Spring have been sold at auction to Terry Caldwell, owner of the Joe Hill Lawnmower business in Cave Spring.

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The Rome Kiwanis Club is partnering with Pepperell High School to once again assist students in the process of preparing for job interviews. The club has worked with instructor Alana Ellenburg’s Freshman 101 class on the project for nine years.

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The McRae, Stegall, Peek, Harman, Smith & Monroe, LLP law firm completed its move to new space at Bridgepoint Plaza over the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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Highland Rivers Health agency will receive three grants totaling $454,456 to help provide permanent support of housing and other services for homeless people in the region who have mental health or addiction issues.

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Jason Warren, who grew up in Cave Spring, will open J&J Pharmacy in the old Cline Pharmacy building at 1 Alabama St. shortly after the first of the year

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Trey Salmon never anticipated that he would one day own a funeral home. Today, he and his wife Brooke are co-owners of the Salmon Funeral Home, 2516 New Calhoun Highway, along with business partners Mark and Pam Sidwell.

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Blood Assurance officials are putting out a call for help during the holiday season. “The need for blood is constant; however, it is often increased during the holidays and must be replenished by those of us in the community who are able to donate,” said Mindy Quinn, marketing manager for Bl…

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Rome home-schooler Will Smith has gotten a jump on life in the working world. Smith has a booth at Yellow Door Antiques and Art, 219 N. Fifth Ave., where he sells items he has found at yard sales and either cleaned up or completely re-purposed.

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Over the last two years, the Heart of the Community Foundation has awarded more than $56,000 in grants to community organizations in Rome. Applications for the 2017 grant program are now available online at www.theheartofthecommunity.org.

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Twin entrepreneurs Larry and Barry Alford continue to spread their ServiceMaster business wings with the introduction of one of the first ServiceMaster plumbing franchises to be called ServiceMaster Home Services.

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A Planet Fitness center is coming to the Gala Shopping Center in West Rome. The exercise center would be in the former Hancock Fabrics space at 2507 Shorter Ave.

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